Residential Stormwater Pollution Prevention

Even though you may live miles from local creeks and Humboldt Bay, you may be polluting Arcata's waters without knowing it. Before you discharge anything into the street, gutter, or down a storm drain, stop and think!

Additional Resources
For more information on ways you can reduce or eliminate pollutant discharges to the stormwater drainage system in your home or workplace visit the following links:
Alternatives to Pesticides
Information on alternatives to pesticides can also be found at the following websites. A more thorough list is available in the City of Arcata Pesticide Reduction Plan. (Please note: following the links below will take you away from the City website)
Household Hazardous Waste Facility
Dispose of unwanted leftovers through the household hazardous waste collection facility at Humboldt Waste Management Authority.
  • 1059 W Hawthorne in Eureka
    Arcata, CA 95521
  • Phone: 707-441-2005
  • Open the 1st Saturday of Each Month
  • 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • 15-gallon limit by container size
  • $5 fee
Compost Facility
The City of Arcata has compost bins available (PDF), to City of Arcata residents, upon presentation of a water bill/receipt or rental contract/receipt, for the low cost of $20. Green waste can also be taken to the green waste facility. Upon presentation of a current Arcata Garbage bill and picture ID, City of Arcata residents can drop at no charge. The limit is 48 1-yard drops in a calendar year.

Wes Green Landscaping (1st left east of the railroad tracks)
6360 West End Road
Arcata, CA 95521
Phone: 707-822-8035


  • Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., April through October only
Report Pollution
A toll free regional stormwater hotline operated by the Northcoast Stormwater Coalition can be called at 877-627-2001 to report active pollution or any other stormwater concerns. You may also call Arcata’s Environmental Services Department at 707-822-8184. For more information on the Northcoast Stormwater Coalition check out its website at Northcoast Stormwater Coalition.

Have additional questions or need assistance with BMPS or reducing stormwater pollution, please do not hesitate to contact the City of Arcata Environmental Services Department.